Queensland Urban Utilities is committed to excellence in water and sewerage services that meet the evolving needs of our customers and enhance our communities.

As part of this commitment, we’re investing $55 million to build a new 4.25km sewer main between Wecker Road, Mansfield and Cadogan Street, Carindale. The project will cater for future growth and development in the catchment area and reduce the likelihood of sewage overflows.

Previous stages 1 and 1A of the Bulimba Creek Trunk Sewer upgrade were completed in 2004-2016 and 2011-2013 in Mansfield, Wishart, Eight Mile Plains and Macgregor.

The existing Bulimba Creek Trunk Sewer Services about 158,000 people to the south-east of the Brisbane CBD. It is comprised of about 62km of sewer pipes ranging in diameter from 375mm to 1,650mm and discharges to the Gibson Island Sewage Treatment Plant.

Current construction

Ewer Street shaft

Construction of the shaft on the corner of Ewer Street and Scrub Road is well underway. As of mid-May 2017, we’ve dug out approximately 230 cubic metres to a depth of over 10 metres and need to keep going until we reach 48 metres deep. Below six metres deep we started to ‘bell out’ the shaft to five metres wide which has allowed us to get a bigger excavator into the shaft and speed up the construction process.


The safety of our workers and the community is always our number one consideration when we design our construction methodology.

We’ve had requests to open up Ewer Street to traffic at all times and while we appreciate the street’s closure is inconvenient, it’s essential for safety purposes.

This traffic arrangement complies with the safety audit of the site and is an essential requirement of our Traffic Management Plan.

The aim is to protect workers by eliminating the risk of a vehicle crashing into the site as it travels down the Ewer Street slip lane. When workers are not on-site the slip

lane can be opened.

Please take extra care on Ewer and Woodland Streets over the next few months.

  • We’ve had reports from residents that some vehicles have been seen driving out of Ewer Street onto Scrub Road. Please use Woodland Street at all times to exit the estate onto Scrub Road.
  • With the increase in traffic, we encourage parents to keep children away from the road.
  • When driving on Woodland Street, please reduce speed and keep an eye out for children, pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Wallabies and other wildlife may also venture onto Woodland Street without warning so please take extra care driving at dawn and dusk.
Work hours

Work hours are Monday to Saturday, between 6am and 6.30pm.

Ewer Street will only be fully closed when the contractor is on-site. Therefore single lane access may be available earlier than 6:30pm on some Saturdays and all day on Sundays and public holidays.

We thank you for your understanding and support of our safety priorities and your ongoing patience during this essential sewer upgrade.

What have we done so far?

Since August 2016, the project team has:

  • constructed a tunnel boring machine exit shaft in Edwards Reserve off Tones Road, Mansfield
  • constructed two tunnel boring machine entry shafts, one on the Allen Innes Oval off Tones Road in Mansfield and one on the corner of Pine Mountain and Scrub Roads in Carindale.
  • tunnelled between the Allen Innes Oval entry shaft and the Edwards Reserve exit shaft. The tunnel boring machine will now be moved to our Kenmore-Jindalee Cross River Pipeline project to construct a 550m tunnel under the Brisbane river before being brought back to the Bulimba Creek Stage 2 Sewer Upgrade in mid-2017.
The shaft in Edwards Reserve has been made secure and will remain inactive until the tunnel boring machine tunnels through from the Pine Mountain/Scrub Road shaft. The shaft on the corner of Pine Mountain and Scrub Roads will remain inactive until the tunnel boring machine is brought to site around May 2017.

What’s next?

Over the coming six months we will be:
  • ongoing constructing the shaft on the corner of Ewer Street and Scrub Road, Carindale
  • tunnelling from the shaft on the corner of Pine Mountain and Scrub Roads, Carindale through to Edwards Reserve and then to the shaft on the corner of Ewer Street and Scrub Road
  • constructing the shaft on Scrub Road near the Energex Substation (near 110 Scrub Road), Carindale. Details on what the community can expect will be issued closer to the start of construction.

You can interact with this map by zooming in and out and clicking on the map features for more information.

What can I expect?

• Construction noise around the shaft locations, including the operation of excavation machinery, truck movements including reversing safety beepers, and generators.

• Dust may be visible and will be monitored and managed at source, using water suppression, as required.

• Changed traffic conditions on Scrub Road including reduced speed limits.

• Ewer Street will be closed to all traffic at the Scrub Road end. All traffic entering and exiting Scrub Road will need to use Woodland Street. Private property access will be maintained.

Ewer Street road closure diversion map 

Ewer Street road closure diversion map

How will construction impacts be managed?

We will work closely with residents impacted by construction to address any concerns during the project, in addition to:

• monitoring noise levels to ensure work methods are appropriate

• sound barriers will be placed around the work site to suppress noise as much as possible

• limiting truck movements during peak times

• using approved traffic management to ensure the safety of road users and pedestrians

• residents can call the project team at any time 24/7 on 1800 071 230 (free call) for assistance or information.

Our commitment

The project team is committed to minimising the construction impacts on local residents.

We will keep you informed about progress and provide regular construction updates for directly impacted residents. We will also work closely with the project contractor to ensure every effort is made to keep any disturbances to a minimum.

At any time during the construction, you can contact the project team on 1800 071 230 (24/7) if you have any questions or concerns. 

To find out more

To find out more about the Bulimba Creek Stage 2 Sewer Upgrade or to register to receive project updates, you can:

  • Phone: 07 3855 6730 (Weekdays 9am-5pm)
  • Phone: 1800 071 230 (24/7)
  • Email:
Thank you for your patience during this essential work.

Meet Sewey the Tunnel Boring Machine!

Caitlin Gamble was the winner of the tunnel boring machine design competition

We invited the Easts Mt Gravatt Junior Rugby League Football Club under 12 members to design and name our tunnel boring machine. Caitlin Gamble is seen here with her winning design. 

Sewey the Tunnel Boring Machine was launched on 25 November 2016.

Sewey is a 14m long, by 1.8m diamter wide tunnel boring machine that weighs more than 45 tonnes - the equivalent of six elephants. It has finished its first tunnel section from the Allen Innes Field to the Edwards Reserve exit shaft.

  Tunnel boring machine ready to start tunnelling from Allen Innes Reserve (MH7T)

Sewey pictured here in the launch position in the Allen Innes Oval shaft.

The shaft on the corner of Pine Mountain and Scrub Roads is ready for the tunnel boring machine when it arrives in May

The shaft on the corner of Pine Mountain and Scrub Roads is now complete and ready for the Tunnel Boring Machine to be brought to site around mid-2017. The site will be made secure and remain inactive until then.

Artists impression of Tunnel Borer in launching shaft and sewerage pipes being lowered into position

This graphic shows the tunnel boring machine in place and the sewer pipe being lowered into the sewer shaft. Tunnel boring is a trenchless technology that significantly reduces the impact of constructing a sewer on the community and the environment.


Tunnell Boring Machine exit shaft colar in place in preparation for shaft construction

Looking into the shaft at Edwards Reserve


Digging out the shaft in Edwards Reserve 

Caissons shafts are constructed using a hydraulic ram and concrete segments.When we hit rock and can no longer use the 'caisson' method of constructing the shaft, a digger is lowered by crane into the shaft and a hydraulic pick is used to break up the rock. Concrete (or shotcrete) is then sprayed onto the walls of the shaft.

Edwards Reserve construction site panoramic from the bikeway/footpath

A panoramic view of the Edwards Reserve construction site from the bikeway/footpath.

 Temporary access road to construction area around outside of rugby field

The temporary access road has been constructed to allow construction vehicles to enter the Allen Innes Oval site. The access road goes around the outside of the Rugby Club's football fields to minimise impacts on the Club.

Looking into the shaft on the Pacific Golf Club corner of Pine Mountain and Scrub Roads

Construction of the shaft on the Pacific Golf Club corner of Pine Mountain and Scrub Roads is well underway.

Worker in cage being taken out of the shaft

A shaft construction worker being taken out of the shaft by a craned cage. The worker operates the digger down the bottom of the shaft.

Open trenching sewer

Where tunnel boring is not possible open trenching will be used. Open trenching involves digging a ditch then laying the sewer pipe. The ditch is then back filled and rehabilitated.

The Bulimba Creek Stage 2 Sewer Upgrade Fact Sheet can be found here

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Construction methodology